Gregory Eggert, Honorary Secretary of the FINA Media Committee (USA)

Ivan Girev of Russia achieved a new World Junior record as well as a Championship meet Record in the men's 200m freestyle.  

Regan Smith of the USA also set a new World and Championship marks in the women's 100m backstroke event.

Johannes Hintze of Germany made it a triple-play by erasing the previous Junior World and Championship meet top times in the men's 200m individual medley.  

Outside of these three events, new Championship meet Records were established in the men's 100m backstroke, the women's 200m butterfly, the men's 100m butterfly and the women's 800m freestyle.

Men's 100m Backstroke

Hugo Gonzalez of Spain won the event setting a new Championship Record in a time of 54.27. Gonzalez shaved .03 second off of the winning time of Robert Glinta of Romania set in the 2015 Singapore edition of the Championships.  Conor Ferguson swam 54.51 to earn the silver medal for Ireland, less than a quarter of a second behind the Spanish champion. Finishing third was Daniel Martin of Romania arriving just .04 second behind the silver medallist in a time of 54.55.

Hugo Gonzales (ESP)

“The 100 backstroke, the time was good. It was the second-best time for my country.”

Women's 200m Butterfly

Emily Large of Great Britain set a new Championship Record erasing the 9-year-old Championship record set by Natsuki Akiyama of Japan in the 2008 Monterrey Junior World Championships. Large's winning time, 2:07.74 was .36 of a second faster than the championship meet record. 

Japan's Suzuka Hasegawa finished in second place in a time of 2:08.29. British teammate Keanna Macinnes also found her way to the third step of the podium, covering the distance in 2:09.64.

Emily Large (GBR)

“This meant everything to me. I wasn’t expecting to come away with a gold medal. I was hoping to medal, but wasn’t thinking of the gold. Hopefully everyone on our team can feed on that energy and a few more medals will come.”

Men's 200m Freestyle

Ivan Girev of Russia 1:46.40 eclipsed the current World Junior Record previously owned by Maxime Rooney of the USA. Girev's time was .70 seconds faster than the American's performance set in 2015 at the USA Swimming National Championships. 

The Russian champion also erased the championship meet record set by Australia's Mack Horton at the 2013 World Junior Championships held in Dubai in 2013. Finishing in second place to claim the silver medal was Nandor Nemeth of Hungary who swam .39 of a second slower than the new world junior champion. 

Nemeth anchored Hungary's gold medal winning 4x100m freestyle last evening. Elijia Winnington of Australia finished third to earn a bronze medal.

Women's 50m Breaststroke

Emily Weiss of the USA was the fastest swimmer to the wall in this one-lap sprint. Weiss swam 30.78 for the gold medal, just .13 faster than Faith Knelson of Canada who stopped the clock at 30:91. 

Earning the bronze medal was Mona Lucille McSharry of Ireland recording a time of 30.97.

Emily Weiss (USA)

“It’s amazing. Obviously, I know people love to travel for international meets, but having this meet on home soil it gives me a lot more comfort and a lot more confidence.”

Men's 100m Breaststroke

Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy was not able to improve on the Junior World Record he set in last evening's semifinals. 

The Italian champion's winning time, 59.58 was one-half second faster than silver medallist Reece Whitley of the USA.

Fellow American Michael Andrew finished in 1:00.37 to collect the bronze medal.

Nicolo Martinenghi (Italy)

“I don’t consider myself the top favourite here. I’m just one of the swimmers who clocked the best time today but the other day another guy might have won this event just like I did now. It’s a big family where we are all equal. Of course, I’m happy with my result, it was close to my best, but it was a hard day with three 100m breaststroke swims (two in the mixed medley relay). It was a long season with a lot of races, junior Europeans, the Worlds in Budapest and now this one here. I’m satisfied what I have achieved so far. I don’t know what the future holds for me, I only know that I want to work hard or even harder.”

Women's 100m Backstroke

Regan Smith of the USA swam .30 of a second faster than her qualifying time from last evening's semifinals. Smith's winning time of 59.11 erased the World Junior and Championship meet record set by Taylor Ruck of Canada who last evening's fastest qualifier. Ruck finished just .12 of a second behind the American to collect the silver medal. Ruck anchored the victorious 4x200m Canadian relay that set a new World Record last evening. Ruck's teammate Jade Hannah was third to arrive, earning the bronze medal for Canada.

Regan Smith (USA)

“Setting the world junior record was insane. Doing it at world championships in the 200 back in semis was crazy.  After a kind of disappointing final, I really wanted to come back strong at this meet and I’ve been thrilled with how it’s gone so far. I’m just really happy.”

On the mixed medley relay

“My teammates with me on the relay were so great and so supportive and they made me feel so confident and so excited and I felt so pumped to swim for Team USA. It’s such an honour and I have so much fun doing it and I love it so much.”

Men's 200m Individual Medley

Germany's Johannes Hintze achieved a new junior world and championship meet record in a time of 1:59.03. 

Kieran Smith of the USA finished .53 of a second behind the German champion in a silver medal performance. 

Marton Barta of Hungary earned the bronze medal finishing more than a second behind the German champion.  

Johanes Hintze (GER)

“It was the girls’ idea to paint the national colours to our faces and I told them why not, even if I’m swimming a final I wanted to be part of the fun. And of course I’m proud of my country! The swim felt great, you know, I had a serious injury earlier this year and I wasn’t sure if my shoulder would be OK for this championships. So I’m really happy as I did a great job here.”

Women's 800m Freestyle

Delfina Pignatiello of Argentina carved more than 2 seconds off of Sierra Schmidts's championship meet record. 

The new junior world champion from Argentina covered the distance in 8:25.22. 

Second place went to Ajna Kesely of Hungary who finished more than 5 seconds behind the South American swimmer. 

Gestido Cons of Spain finished third to secure her place on the podium.

Delfina Pignatiello (ARG)

"I am so happy to be the first ever champion for Argentina. The race was very tough considering the Hungarian and the American girls. I am very satisfied with my time and I wish to thank my coach, my family and a special thanks to Bill Sweetenham. Thanks also to my team members for their support during the race!  I realized I could win after the 300m mark, but it was a very tough competition. Although it was difficult I enjoyed the race very much."

Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay

The battle for supremacy of North America tilted in favor of the Canadian relay team of Taylor Ruck, Gabe Mastromatteo, Penny Oleksiak and Rusian Gaziev. 

The Canadian quartet arrived .44 of a second ahead of the silver medalists from the USA. Ruck and Oleksiak were able to collect gold medals in the last event of the first and second days of the junior world championships. 

The Russian team was third to the wall to secure their place on the podium.

Penny Oleksiak (CAN)

“I just wanted to be here for the relays and to be with three girls I train with every day. Just having the team together at meets and training it’s good for the long run. [After becoming Olympic champion in Rio] Everything is pretty much the same, having my parents and a good supporting team definitely help me to stay grounded and to stay with my normal life.”


Men's 100m Butterfly Semifinals

Andrew Minakov of Russia established a new championship meet record in the semifinals. Minakov swam 52.33 to erase the mark set by countryman Daniil Pakhomov set two years ago in the 2015 Singapore edition. Kristof Milak of Hungary, already a gold medalist from last evening's 4x100m freestyle relay posted the second fastest time in the event to advance to the finals. 

Qualifying third was Shinnosuke Ishikawa of Japan, his time was .59 second behind the top qualifying time achieved by the Russian swimmer. 

Women's 100m Freestyle Semifinals

Japan's Rikako Ikee swam the fastest time in the preliminaries. 

Her 54.06 was .25 of a second faster than Freya Anderson of Great Britain and .56 of a second faster than Kayla Noelle Sanchez of Canada. Sanchez, the third fastest qualifier in this event was the leadoff swimmer in last night's gold medal winning performance in the 4x200m freestyle relay.